Thursday, 26 March 2015

Eco Emi Beauty Box Review - March 2015 - Eco-Conscious Beauty Subscription Box

What is it? Eco Emi Deluxe Beauty Box (No Longer Available)
How much? $30 per month with shipping to Canada (US$)
What's in it? 4-5 deluxe or full size Eco-conscious bath, body, and beauty products

Good news and bad news. The good: I signed up for a few new subscriptions to show you guys what else is out there. The bad: I signed up for the Eco Emi Beauty Box a month before they cancelled the subscription! I'm continuing with the review because Eco Emi still has a Monthly Lifestyle subscription box which costs $27 US per month with shipping to Canada. It contains 7-8 eco-friendly and all natural product samples. A box may contain everything from skin, hair, and nail products to nutritious snacks, teas and seeds. This review may give you a slight idea of what you can expect from Eco Emi. I plan to review the regular Eco Emi subscription soon as well.

To start... the first look. Something leaked. The protective plastic was added by Canada Post. Upon opening the plastic, I found everything dry and smelling fantastic. The culprit was something oil-based.

The products inside escaped relatively unscathed. A good rinse under hot water cleared away any oily reside.

The product card fared less well. It's still legible though. The website linked at the bottom of the card does not exist. 

Grain Bath & Home Citrus Sugar Body Scrub in Bergamot Orange (8oz full size, $13)
Citrus Sugar Body Scrub-a lighter scrub made with organic cane sugar, avocado and grapeseed oils, soothing aloe vera and essential oils of bergamot, orange and grapefruit. This scrub has NO NUT OILS for those with allergies.
I guess this means my box was soaked in avocado and grapeseed oils... and now I know what to add to the jar to make this scrub useful again. It's pretty dry - a jar full of sugar. Smells great though!

Jillian Wright Skincare Gentle Peptide Cleanser (29ml, $9)
Suited for all skin types, Gentle Peptide Cleanser helps reduce redness triggered by environmental stressors without stripping the skin of it’s natural lipid barrier. It also helps to fight premature aging with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant rich botanical extracts. 
This cleanser is free of everything and safe and gentle for extremely sensitive skin.

My Daughter Fragrances in Always Loved (Deluxe size, $28)
A true rose lovers potion! featuring Bulgarian rose oil and Turkish rose absolute. If a cowgirl went to Paris..she would come back smelling like “ALWAYS LOVED”. Bulgarian rose oil, Turkish rose absolute, Bitter cocoa absolute, Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedar.
Despite the ridiculous description, I don't mind this scent.

Haughty Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Ambition (2g full size, $13)
This nude beige matte is the perfect universally flattering color. Wear it alone for a natural look or layer it as a base all over the lid.
Subscribers received assorted colours. I'm happy with this one. It's a nice neutral, everyday shade. Bonus - Haughty Cosmetics donates 50% profits to organizations that help to bring an end to violence against women.

My first (and last) Eco Emi Deluxe Beauty Box contained four products, valued at $63 US. This box cost me $34 CDN with exchange, so the value is great. If the company hadn't cancelled this subscription, I would have continued. I like the products I received and I would have liked to see more. I'm hoping the regular Eco Emi lifestyle box will include similar body and beauty products so I can continue to sample natural alternatives.

Click here to check out Eco Emi.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Elizabeth & Clarke Review - Spring 2015 - Clothing Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

What is it? Elizabeth & Clarke
How Much? $60 per quarter for 3 shirts, $50 per quarter for 2 shirts, $30 per quarter for 1 shirt. Shipping to Canada is $15.  (US$)
What’s in it? Designer-quality blouses and tees delivered every 3 months, at the beginning of the season.
Elizabeth & Clarke is a clothing subscription service that sends designer-quality tops to your door every season. They are called "perfect basics" because the tops are all made of quality fabrics, in neutral colours. The styles are fashion forward and appropriate for any lifestyle. Click here for all my Elizabeth & Clarke reviews.

Elizabeth & Clarke is a quarterly service that sends products each season, in March, June, September, and December. Order cut off is the first day of the month prior (February, August, July, and November). For recurring subscribers, billing for the next season is done two weeks after the previous season ships. It's a bit complicated but... the Spring Collection shipped March 1st, and the Summer Collection billed March 15th. The Summer Collection ships June 1st, and the Fall Collection bills June 15th. They bill so far in advance because the shirts are made to order. Make sure you check the FAQ before subscribing so you understand all the terms and important dates.

The Spring Collection included three shirts - The Cady, The Shannon, and The Stephens. You can see more about them here. I only do the one shirt per season plan, so I opted for the Shannon (far right). I wanted something suitable for work and The Shannon seemed to suit my style the most.


In addition to a shirt from the Spring 2015 Collection, I also ordered a shirt from the Winter 2014 Collection. If you recall, last season I received a shirt I didn't want. I meant to order The Swan, a cream knit sweater with elbow patches. I ended up with The Williams, a black asymmetrical long sleeve shirt. It was my mistake, and I ended up loving The Williams, so it wasn't a huge deal. Luckily, Elizabeth & Clarke often has extra stock from past seasons. If you are looking for a shirt from a previous collection, just e-mail with the style and size you need and if it's available, they will add it on to your next shipment. This is how I ended up with The Swan.


The Swan and The Shannon

The Shannon uses silky durable Crepe de Chine for this classic V-neck, sleeveless blouse. With a double layer of fabric on the front and back, you do not have to worry about unwanted sheerness. We added delicate knife pleats around the neckline for a sophisticated look. 

I really like this top. The double layer of fabric eliminates the sheerness that  crepe de chine normally has, so it's work appropriate. I was concerned that the V-neck would be quite low, but it's perfect. This is a size 12 and it fits me perfectly, with no pulling across the chest. My only complaint is that the knife pleats are only folded and not stitched into place, so they come loose near the bottom. I'm not sure how they will fare after cleaning.

The Swan is the ideal comfy-chic sweater to get you through those cold winter months. Its’ super-soft fabric and flattering fit will earn this sweater a permanent place in your winter wardrobe. The adorable suede elbow patches and unique knitting at the hem take this sweater from staple to special.


Well, this sweater is very soft, and I love the elbow patches, but  I don't love how it hangs. It's kind of shapeless and boxy, even with my curves, so it does nothing for my body. The fit is okay, but I wish it was a bit longer in the front.


The Summer Collection, shipping June 1st, is up and available for purchase until May 1st. The Summer Collection includes three new shirts, plus the usual two from the Forever Collection. From Left to Right:
The Kelly is our first foray into color! The beautiful blush rose hue of this top is feminine, elegant, and on-trend. Do a quick turn to the back, and the structure and geometric lines of an upward and downward-facing V shape give this top an unexpected twist. The entire garment is double-layered, and so it is absolutely opaque. Simple but with very special details, you can dress the Kelly up or down for any occasion.
color: blush rose, fabric: 100% Crepe de Chine, care: machine-washable, dryer-safe

The Emilia - Just in time for summer, this lightweight and incredibly soft 100% linen blouse will keep you cool and chic all summer long. Perfect for the beach, pool, boating, or just a lovely outdoor brunch, you will look polished and elegant during any summer activity. Includes a double back yoke for added strength, a French-front placket for a more casual look, and bust darts and curved waist for a feminine fit.
color: white, fabric: 100% linen, care: hand wash, hang dry

The Olsen - The draping of the Olsen tee takes the art form to an entirely new level. With voluminous fabric draping on one side and an asymmetrical, off-the-shoulder design on the other, this top will engender breathless compliments wherever you go. Pair with skinny jeans for date-night, shorts for a summer picnic, or a pencil skirt for a night at the theater. Turn heads every time.
color: black, fabric: 60% modal, 35% poly, 5% spandex, care: machine-washable, dryer-safe

If I was going to order for summer, I would definitely go with The Kelly. The back detail is gorgeous and I love the blush colour. Unfortunately, I made the tough decision to cancel my subscription. I paid for my Spring box back in December when the dollar wasn't so bad. Now with it hovering in the low 80's, we have to add almost 30% onto the $45 US cost for a single shirt, bringing the cost for one shirt to about $56 CDN. Keep in mind, you do save quite a bit buy buying two or three shirts each season ($50 for two or $60 for three), but you will still have to factor in the 30% extra for the exchange rate.

Eliminate some of that exchange rate worry, using a great promo code. New subscribers can save 20% off their first order by using prom code Newsletter20 at checkout. This gives you $12 of a 3-shirt subscription, $10 off a 2-shirt subscription, or $6 off a single shirt subscription. A two-shirt subscription would be $55 (with the discount, plus shipping), or about $69 CDN with the current exchange rate. That works out to $35 CDN per shirt, which is totally reasonable.


Click here to check out Elizabeth & Clarke.



Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Artisan Food Club Review - March 2015 - Canadian Gourmet Food Subscription Box + DISCOUNT

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Artisan Food Club
How Much? $75 per month (CDN$). Free shipping on 3 & 6 month subscriptions. **Order before March 31st & save $10 off your first box!**
What's in it? A variety of full-size hand-crafted, premium foods centered around a theme.

The Artisan Food Club is a new Canadian subscription service from Warm Wishes Gifts, a gift basket company based in Ottawa. Artisan Food Club is a food-of-the-month club that allows you to discover local, Canadian, and on occasion, International artisan foods. Every month there will be a different theme featuring a new bundle of carefully selected Artisan foods. You will receive at your door step a variety of full-size premium foods that have been lovingly hand-crafted by some super passionate people. You can order a single box, a 3-month subscription, or a 6-month subscription. The Artisan Food Club accepts credit, Paypal, or COD. If you sign up in March, you will receive the March box that I am reviewing here. The next batch ships March 30th.

The Ottawa box comes in a wooden bushel (basket) and is hand delivered. Shipments going to the rest of Canada come expertly packed in a large gift box. The packaging was seriously beautiful. Upon removing the lid, I found the box filled with crinkle paper and wrapped with a ribbon (around the inside - genius! I'm going to steal this idea). The crinkle paper was covered with cello wrap, which kept everything neat and contained. They also induced a personalized note. I have no idea how they packed this box so well and so carefully. I tried to re-pack everything up after I dug it all out, and I could not fit it into the box. The Warm Wishes Gift people are gift package wizards.

The theme for March is Maple Madness. I could smell deliciousness right off the bat! Upon further inspection, it looks like I have everything I need to put together a delicious maple inspired breakfast. That means it's actually two themes in this box!

Maple Walnut Biscotti by Sushina Artisan Baked Goods (~$5)
Maple walnut biscotti with maple drizzle, lovingly made by hand by our local artisan pastry chef.
I've never been a biscotti fan, but this smells so good. It will be great with my morning coffee.

Really Horrible Rum Vanilla Maple Syrup (120ml, $12)
Made using real vanilla beans and Ontario maple syrup, vanilla is an incredible flavour and works very well with maple syrup and well who doesn't like rum?

Really Horrible Barrel Aged Maple Syrup (120ml, $12)
Ontario maple syrup is given a smoky flavour using charred oak, while cutting some of the bitterness associated with maple syrup.

I love the name of this company! I'm looking forward to trying both of these syrups next time I make pancakes.

Tree Well Sparkling Maple Sap (750ml, $20)
Canadian maple sap is unlike any other beverage on the planet. Crafted seasonally in small batches, TreeWell's sparkling maple sap tastes like the first hint of spring. Crisp, subtly sweet and absolutely refreshing. TreeWell is best served chilled in a tall champagne flute, surrounded by good company.
I've never heard of this product before. It's non-alcoholic so it's safe for kids. It might be something good to try at Easter brunch in April.

Almost Perfect Vanilla Bean Pancake Mix (345g, $10)
Make mouth watering pancakes or crêpes with this mix that is created using a recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation. Almost Perfect Pancake Mix is made using only organic and natural ingredients.
Now I have something to serve as a vessel for the delicious maple syrup shown above.

Happy Goat Coffee Company The G (1/2 lb, $9.50)
This unique blend is spicy with a velvety texture and nutty aroma. Notes of cinnamon and brown sugar. Full City+ Style Roast. In the blend there is Nicaraguan as the base which gives this blend a satisfying sweetness, then Guatemalan Antigua is added to contribute body and a rich aroma, then just a pinch of the Ugandan Bugisu which gives the blend excitement with its delicious wine like characteristics and great full balanced body.
I could smell this coffee as soon as I opened the box. I love the smell of fresh roasted coffee beans!

The March Artisan Food Club box from Warm Wishes Gifts included six full size products, valued at $69.50 CDN. This box costs $75, with free shipping in Ottawa, or $25 for shipping across Canada. to BC*. I'm a really bummed that the value is so low, because I LOVE this box. It's such a well curated collection of items, all produced in Ottawa by small, independent businesses. The products I received are unique, and interesting. I'm looking forward to trying each one. The concept behind the Artisan Food Club is great and there is definitely a market for a box like this, but at $75 per box, I would expect to receive at least what I paid, if not a little more. Aside from the value, everything else was perfect. The packaging, presentation and product selection are all fantastic. One or two extra items would have made this box perfect and well worth the price. I should also note, I have no issue with the $25 shipping cost as this box was big and heavy. Canada Post parcel rates are expensive, so $25 to send a 7.4lb box from Ottawa to Vancouver seems like a bargain.

*Warm Wishes Gifts e-mailed to clarify that shipping is free Canada-wide with 3 or 6 month subscriptions. A single month subscription incurs a shipping fee (outside of Ottawa-Gatineau), relative to your proximity to Ottawa. For BC, it's $25.

If you are interested in the Artisan Food Club, you can save $10 of this exact box if you order before March 31st. No promo code is required. That means you can get this bundle for $65 plus tax/shipping instead of $75, which makes it a better value.

Click Artisan Food Club to check out the Artisan Food Club.

Monday, 23 March 2015

GlobeIn Artisan Box - April Sneak Peek + PROMO CODE!

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What is it? GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box
How Much? $35/month, $99/3months, $180/6months + $12 shipping per box (US$)
What’s in it? A themed collection of artisan-made products from around the world

The other day we learned that the April Artisan will feature a picnic theme. Now we have the first product sneak peek. The Picnic Artisan Box will include an All Good Unscented Sunstick by Elemental Herbs.
 
Grab your gear, your board and a sunstick. It’s all you need for lasting, effective protection from the sun when you’re out in the great out-there. Elemental Herbs Zinc Sunstick is ideal for the face, nose, ears and more. In addition to the non-nano Zinc Oxide, our formula incorporates rich, skin-saving certified organic oils, including jojoba, coconut and avocado. ($7.99 retail value)

In addition to this sneak peek, I can also tell you that the Picnic Artisan Box will have a retail value of $59 US and will include four sustainably made products, all packed into a Mexican palm-leaf basket.

If you haven't signed up yet, now is the time. The March Sustain box sold out within the month, and April is bound to be the same. First time subscribers can save 25% off their first box with the purchase of a 3 or 6 month subscription. Just enter promo code WELCOME at checkout.

Click here to check out the GlobeIn Artisan Box.

Little Life Box Review - March 2015 - Canadian Health Conscious Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Little Life Box
How Much? $19.99 CDN per month plus $3.95 shipping. Tax extra. Save on 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions.
What’s in it? Up to a dozen organic, natural, health conscious samples.

Little Life Box is a Canadian subscription service that sends a box full of healthy and sustainable products for you to sample and discover. Products may include snacks, cosmetics, supplements, vitamins, and more. Items included in the box vary each month, and Little Life Box guarantees that you will never receive the exact same product sample twice. A vegan option is available for purchase as well.

I love how Little Life Box is always wrapped like a gift, with bright and colourful tissue. The tissue changes every month. I fold it up and save it and re-use it for gifts and parcel mailing. The card on top is a post card which changes every month to suit the season.

Little Life Box doesn't include a product card, since there are so many variations of the monthly box. Instead, subscribers can check out a list of products on-line. As well, some of the products are available for purchase through the Little Life Box product page.

Tutti Gourmet Bana Krisp in Almond & Cacao (80g, $4.99)

Bana Krisp is your taste revolution. They have created a nutrient-dense fruit cracker using bananas, organic coconut and organic sesame seeds. It is gluten free & vegan, has no added sugar or salt, no flour, eggs or dairy and is also soy and peanut free!
There is a local BC company that makes "Banana Bickies" that are similar to these, but they aren't gluten free. They taste like banana bread but have the crunch of a cracker. 



Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips in Nacho (43g, $1.25)

Beanfields chips have 4g of fiber per serving, 4g of complete protein per serving, less fat than most corn chips and potato chips, complex carbohydrates, minerals, and none of the top eight food allergen ingredients.
This is great! They're almost like Doritos. I'm always looking for alternatives to corn based chips since my stomach doesn't digest corn well. Now if only they made a corn-free alternative for popcorn...

Mrs. Crimbles Large Choc Macaroons (2 x $0.67)
These traditional coconut macaroons drizzled with choc are Britain's best-selling macaroon and they taste so good we sell more than one every second. They make the perfect teatime treat and because they happen to be gluten-free they can be enjoyed by everyone including coeliacs.
Mrs. Crimbles is a UK brand, but I found the regular macaroons available from well.ca. These chocolate covered ones are delicious. Along with the chocolate drizzle on top, the bottom is coated in delicious chocolate too. The macaroons are soft, chewy, and taste fresh as though you made them yourself. Highly recommended!

Made Good Organic Granola Bar in Chocolate Chip (1 bar, $1)
Toasted rolled oats and delicious chocolate chips. These granola bars are chewy goodness and contain the nutrients in one full serving of vegetables.
I've tried the Made Good Granola minis before and they were not good. Hopefully this one is better.

A Vogel Herbamare Natural Salt Substitute (2 x 10g sample, $1.10)
An original and unique Swiss recipe of sodium-free herbal seasoning suitable for sodium restricted diets. Fresh organically grown plants are combined with kelp and potassium chloride. Use it, as you would salt during cooking, to enhance the flavour of all your foods.
I received a sample of Herbamare years ago at the Vancouver Wellness Show, and actually bought a full size of the original flavour after trying it out. These little sample sizes are perfect for work and travel. If you are interested in trying Herbamare, click here for a printable $1 off coupon.  

MAX/Effects Naturals Eye & Face Makeup Remover (2 x 5ml samples, $0.50)
MAX/Effects naturals is made for you! Formulated for busy and active lifestyles, this teardrop tested makeup remover + toner removes your face and eye makeup in one quick step while balancing the skin’s pH. Cucumber Extract & Cornflower Water balance and brighten your skin so you can quickly transition your day to what really matters – you!
This makeup remover is paraben, oil, and alcohol free so it's safe for sensitive skin. It's a makeup remover plus toner in one. I wish it came in a jar instead of these packets, but I can pour the liquid into a travel size container.

Bare English & Co. Tea Infused Organic Lip Balm in Pomegranate Berry ($3.99) 
Tea! It’s not just a beverage; it’s their claim to fame!  Bare English & Co. lip balms are made with the highest quality ingredients, and, to put the nutritional value of our product over the top, they infuse it with tea.  Tea is one of the oldest, most widely used forms of natural medicine on the planet.  It supports the immune system, fights free radical damage and promotes cell rejuvenation; not to mention, it smells amazing.
The pomegranate berry flavour does smell amazing. I love receiving lip balms, especially natural ones.

Abio Organic Bath Bomb in Eucalyptus (60g, $3.99)
Enjoy a fizzy, aromatic experience with Abio Eucalyptus Bath Bomb. Organic. Made in Canada. Made with Shea Butter to moisturise your skin. 2 in 1 aromatherapy and hydrating body treatment.
I love bath bombs, and this one with eucalyptus has decongestant properties, so I plan to save it for next time I have a cold. Abio is another brand available for purchase from well.ca.

Montagne Jeunesse Mud Pac (2 x 6g Trial Size, $1.20)
We’ve harvested ultra-deep cleansing Dead Sea Minerals to penetrate deep into pores drawing out impurities. Our Mud Pac is Nutrient rich with Seaweed & Kelp to help restore skins vitality leaving you cleansed to the core and totally relaxed.
I've tried Montagne Jeuness masks a few times now. I prefer sheet masks, but these minis might be good to use on a relaxing weekend afternoon. 

A Vogel Beauty Essentials Daily Supplement (60 tablets, $29.99)
An excellent source of a variety of nutrients, this complex of Zinc, Millet, Stinging Nettle and Brewer’s Yeast provides the nutrients you need for lush hair, strong nails and radiant skin, as well as providing benefits for the maintenance of overall good health.
I already take a beauty supplement, but when my current batch is finished, I may switch to this product to give it a try.

 
Nightly herbal tea helps relieves sleep disorders. 
Javaslim-t is an excellent infusion to drink when on a diet. It eases weight loss by helping your organism eliminate toxins and stop water retention.
Detox is the perfect herbal tea to cleanse your organism.
Easy Lax herbal tea produces a laxative action and cleans intestinal tract.  
Virage Sante has a huge line of herbal teas for various ailments.  I'm interested in the Digestive tea as well.

My March Little Life Box included eleven different products, valued at approximately $51. It's a great month for value and content. I'm pretty happy with every sample and I'm already planning to buy a couple full size products (more Mrs. Crimbles and Virage Sante tea). I love that many of these products are from Canadian companies, and many of them are readily available from well.ca so it's easy to buy more when needed. This box has the perfect mix of snacks, supplements, and beauty products. I get quite a few e-mails from people asking for box recommendations. Whenever they say they are looking for a lifestyle box that includes a mix of products, or a box with natural and Eco-conscious products, I always recommend Little Life Box. It's Canadian, it's a good value, and it includes a wide array of products for healthy and wellness. I've discovered many great products through this service and every month is a new surprise. Since I started reviewing Little Life Box again in October 2014, I can honestly say I have never been disappointed.

If you are interested in ordering a one month trial box to see what Little Life Box has to offer (rather than committing to a month-to-month recurring subscription), you can use promo code jill20 to get 20% off the cost of a trial box. This brings the cost down to $21.55 plus tax, including shipping.

Click here if you are interested in trying Little Life Box. Order by the end of March and you will get the April box!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

GlobeIn Artisan Box - April Theme Revealed + PROMO CODE!

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How Much? $35/month, $99/3months, $180/6months + $12 shipping per box (US$) What’s in it? A themed collection of artisan-made products from around the world

It's spring which means it's the perfect time to reveal the theme for the April GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box. We have no product spoilers just yet, but the theme for the April box will be "Picnic". After the wonderful "Sustain" box in March, I'm really looking forward to April's offering.

Each month, GlobeIn delivers “the globe in a box” - a collection of artisan-made products from around the world, curated around a central theme. GlobeIn introduces you to products that you can feel good about - they are often organic, fair-trade, and support artisans and farmers from around the world.  

There is a promo code too! If GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box interests you, first time subscribers can save 25% off their first box with the purchase of a 3 or 6 month subscription. Just enter promo code WELCOME at checkout.

Click here to check out the GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Kit's Limited Edition Collection from Topbox + PROMO CODE

What is it? The Kit's Limited Edition One-Minute Miracle Collection from Topbox
How Much? $38 CDN + tax, free shipping
What’s in it?  Get our game-changing, instant impact-making, multi-tasking wonders all in one kit, delivered straight to your doorstep. 

Along with a monthly subscription box, Topbox also regularly offers limited edition curated boxes. This is one such box. The Kit is a Canadian magazine and website that "answers all your beauty and fashion questions and keeps you in-the-know on vital trends". The Kit's editors and contributors are experts in the fields of fashion and beauty. Who better to curate a limited edition box of beauty goodies for Topbox? 

The Kit has an entire section of their site devoted to One Minute Miracles, so naturally, their limited edition box is full of "game-changing, instant impact-making, multi-tasking wonders". I ordered my kit way back in February and it just arrived this week, with my March Topbox.

The details of this box were released in advance, so I knew what to expect. The previews indicated there would be a total of nine full size or deluxe beauty samples.

Product card 

Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Natural Facial Cleansing Cloths (4pcs, $3.90)
Natural facial cleansing cloths are made in small batches and saturated in vitamins B12, C and E, then soaked in citrus essential oils. Our cloths are harvested from unbleached bamboo natural fibres, which mean they have a lower environmental impact than a standard wipe, making them cashmere soft.
This pack contained 4 individually wrapped packets, which are perfect for travel. A full size is 20 packets for $19.50.

Suncoat All Natural Nail Polish Remover Gel (30mL full size, $7.99)
The first natural nail polish remover gel in the market. A one-of-a-kind PLANT  based formulation, this gentle gel is earth friendly, nontoxic, non-drying to the nails. Free of petrochemicals. Biodegradable. Ideal for home use, great for travel.
This gel is corn and soy based, so if you have allergies to those products, best to avoid. It's a cool product though. Apply a bit of gel to each nail, rub in, and wipe off with tissue. I'm not sure how effective it is yet, but we'll see!

essence 2in1 eyeliner pen (full size, $3.49)
One eyeliner - two styles! Whether you're trying to achieve a fine line for an elegant, classic look or a bold line for a dramatic look - with the NEW Essence 2-in-1 Eyeliner Pen, you have both options at your fingertips.
Another dual purpose product. One end has a thick felt tip and the other has a thin felt tip. 

Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color - Petal ( deluxe 1.6g sample, $9.35)
This product glides onto the skin smoothly to create a naturally contoured look. You can create a multidimensional look with the blush and the highlighters add a depth and glowing radiance to the skin.
The Topbox site lists this as being 0.25g, which is an error. On the back the net weight is 1.6g or 0.25oz. I'm surprised they haven't caught this error yet since 0.25 grams is really quite miniscule. This compact is actually a decent size.

No Dark Shadows Complexion Enhancer in Wow (full size, $20)
No Dark Shadows is a silky, light, and blendable concealer that works hard to cover imperfections and hide dark circles for a more contoured makeup look. It helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles instantly so you appear more youthful and rested. The moisturizing formula can be brushed on for precision application, and is waterproof for up to five hours of wear. 

I've been using No Dark Shadows for a while now after buying it at Shoppers Drug Mart. It works great as a concealer.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water (116mL full size, $37)
Get the benefits of priming, hydration, and sheer radiance with this all-in-one Photo Finish Primer Water. Free of silicone, alcohol, and oil, it’s packed with revitalizing electrolytes that work to reawaken skin and restore moisture. This enriched water instantly absorbs into skin for lasting hydration, leaving skin looking refreshed and ultrasoft while it locks in makeup.
When I purchased this box, the fine print said "upon purchase you will receive an enclosed sample of either Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water OR Benefit Cosmetics Puff Off! Instant Eye Gel, to be unboxed at its arrival to you", which means I received the Smashbox product. The best part is, it's not a sample. It's a full size. The bad news is that this product is not included in the current version that's for sale in the Topbox shop. Instead, all boxes will include a 2.5mL sample of Benefit Cosmetics Puff Off! Instant Eye Gel.

Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-to-Oil Cleanser (20mL sample, $5.44)
An innovative cleanser that has the performance of a gel with the makeup removal of oil for clean, balanced skin. 
Bliss Fabulous Foaming Cleanser is my favourite daily face wash so I'm very interested in this product, although I'm not totally sold on oil-based cleansers yet.

StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream (7mL sample, $13.30)
StriVectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream features breakthrough Gravitite-CF Lifting Complex™ to provide visible lift in the neck and profile area- immediately and over time.
StriVectin samples are always so small so it's hard to get a good feel of them... but the full size is only 50mL and costs $95, so I guess 7mL isn't too shabby.

CND SolarOil Nail & Cuticle Conditioner (3.7mL sample, $2.84)
A synergistic blend of naturally light oils and vitamin E designed to deeply penetrate and protect nails and cuticle area.
I go through cuticle oil like it's going out of style, especially during the winter months.

The Kit's Limited Edition One-Minute Miracle Collection from Topbox contained nine products with an approximate retail value over $100. This box cost me $38, plus tax, for a total of $42.56 CDN. The box included three full size products, and the rest all deluxe travel or sample size. The only things I won't use in here are the eyeliner and Shiseido blush, only because I already have so many products like this. It's a well curated box that meets the goal of having a kit full of multi-tasking wonders. I enjoyed this box so much, I purchased a second one to give to my mother for Mother's Day! Just remember that the current box does not have the Smashbox product in it - instead you will get Benefit's Puff Off!, so the retail value will be a bit lower.

This weekend only, you can save 20% off any purchase in the Topbox Shop, including limited edition collections. Use promo code MARCHBREAK20 at checkout to claim your discount. This discount brings the cost of The Kit's box from $38 to $30.40 plus tax. The promo is valid this weekend only and is valid only on shop purchases (not subscriptions). Topbox accepts credit card or Paypal for payment. This box ships April 15th, and will arrive with plenty of time to serve as a Mother's Day gift. If this box doesn't interest you (or your Mother), they also have a collection curated by Elevate magazine - the Limited Edition Elevate Ageless Essentials box. Click here to check it out.


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